(Below are two videos from Scott’s Live Facebook Feeds this afternoon. They are in the order in which he filmed them. Enjoy!)
VIDEO #1: BAMBI APPROACHES THE CRATE
Bambi is approaching the transport container! She is doing great for her first day with access to the transport container. In general, she seems to be afraid of a lot of things, but she is doing well.
She hasn’t left the barn in several days, so the crate was placed in the opening between her barn and the outside. Our understanding is she is not leaving the barn due to her fear of the other elephant in the enclosure, Maison. Maison is the elephant outside, who has been aggressive to Bambi in the past. Their enclosure has been divided by electric wire to keep the two elephants separate. A judge ruled that Bambi be transferred to Sanctuary due to her weight loss and other issues. Maison was not included in the court’s ruling, so she will remain at the zoo.
The placement of the crate is the best option available with Bambi not leaving the barn consistently, and it seems to be working well. If you notice the white in her left eye, that is because she is partially blind in that eye. We will better be able to assess her vision once she arrives and is settled at the sanctuary, so we will share more about her vision loss as we know more.
We are starting to see a silly and spunky side to her, and we are looking forward to getting to know her better and sharing what we see and learn.
The video did cut out again, Scott is having a connection issue with his Facebook Lives. We are troubleshooting it and hope we can solve this issue. Thank you so much for your patience as we work to resolve it!
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September 18, 2020
VIDEO #1: BAMBI CONTINUES TO EXPLORE HER CRATE
Today is going much better than expected, considering she started the day in the corner of her stall, afraid to leave. When the humans enjoyed a break for lunch, they saved a few French fries for Bambi. They put the fries, along with some essential oils, in the transport container for her. It seemed to be a magical combination because she went right in the crate for them.
The zoo employees are very excited to see Bambi feeling this comfortable with the crate. She has put two feet in, and we are very proud of her.
She is very playful and mischievous. She seems to enjoy touching and exploring the crate. She also appears to be testing it to see what she can break, and seems to be having fun with that.
We will be leaving for the sanctuary sometime next week, after giving her a few more days to become comfortable with the transport container.
The team at the zoo reports that she doesn’t like the pond in the enclosure, nor being bathed. This lack of moisture has caused a build-up of dry skin. It is our experience that even elephants who don’t like baths or swimming still love the rain. Once the rainy season begins, and she has other elephants and trees to rub on, we will see her skin change quickly.
She is coming about halfway in the crate and loves sugar cane.
Again, the video unexpectedly cuts out at the end! Scott is still troubleshooting it, and we hope we can solve this issue. Thanks for your patience!